Kroger Tips Scales on Trans Health Care

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By Samantha Allen
October 12, 2015

Starting on January 1st, 2016, The Kroger Company, a grocery chain and one of the largest private employers in the United States, will offer transgender health benefits “including surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment” to employees enrolled in the company-sponsored Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan.

The Anthem BCBS plan will provide coverage up to a $100,000 lifetime maximum for eligible employees and dependents. The coverage will not apply to Kroger employees who elect to receive insurance through the United Food and Commercial Worker’s Union.

News of Kroger’s new policy broke Monday after a transgender employee, Britney McGannon, posted about the company’s internal announcement on her Facebook page over the weekend, as the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Fusion confirmed the report with a Kroger spokesperson.

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